Live: Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018

1/24 – 3:25 p.m. New York time

I entered two earnings plays using shares and exited two. The entries are EGN and MTW, and the exits — held for two days — are CTLT and IT,

I analyzed ANTM in part but once I calculated the wide bid/ask spread, I declined the trade without a full analysis.

I posted my pools of options (nine symbols) and shares (23 symbols) earnings plays that I shall be analyzing from for the next week

1/24 – 3:20 p.m. New York time

I entered earnings plays using shares on EGN and MTW.

1/24 – 3 p.m. New York time

Exited CTLT and IT, each for a profit.

1/24 – 2 p.m. New York time

I’m declining ANTM as a bull put spread. The bid/ask spread is huge, as in above 50%.

1/24 – 12:35 p.m. New York time

I’ve done the preliminary analysis for earnings plays on stocks having acton days the week of Feb. 5-9. I shall be pulling from the pool for the next week.

I limited myself to directional options plays for this first run, both bull and bear:

syms earns meridian action
ABC 2/6 am 2/5
NVDA 2/8 xm 2/7
TWTR 2/8 am 2/7
SPGI 2/6 am 2/5
COTY 2/8 am 2/7
KORS 2/6 xm 2/7
PCG 2/9 am 2/7
TEVA 2/8 am 2/7
GRUB 2/8 am 2/6

And as always, the shares plays are limited to stocks with bullish metrics.

syms earns meridian action
ENTG 2/6 am 2/5
EXTR 2/7 xm 2/6
HAE 2/6 am 2/5
JELD 2/6 xm 2/5
K 2/8 am 2/7
MDSO 2/8 xm 2/6
MPW 2/8 xm 2/5
SABR 2/6 xm 2/7
ITUB 2/6 xm 2/6
MTW 2/7 xm 2/6
VCRA 2/8 xm 2/7
EGAN 2/8 xm 2/7
EGN 2/8 xm 2/5
EXC 2/7 am 2/7
MCO 2/9 am 2/5
NEXA 2/9 xm 2/8
NGL 2/6 xm 2/8
NLSN 2/8 am 2/5
TRI 2/8 am 2/7
UFS 2/8 am 2/7
ESNT 2/9 am 2/8
JLL 2/7 am 2/7
FDC 2/12 am 2/9

The “am” in the meridian column means the earnings announcement will come before the opening bell’ the “pm”, after the closing bell; and the “xm” means I don’t yet know the time of day.

1/24 – 12:10 p.m. New York time

I have updated my analytics for companies publishing earnings the week beginning Jan. 29 and have one prospect for further analysis today: ANTM, using options.

I did the preliminary set-up last night for companies announcing the week beginning Feb. 5 and, after some additional analysis, shall post a list of prospects.

1/23 – 4:40 p.m. New York time

I have no prospects for Wednesday. I shall monitor my watchlist of earnings announcements the week of Jan. 29 through Feb. 2 and give them priority if changes in metrics allows them to qualify for further analysis.

If nothing develops from that data set, i shall turn my attention to obtaining earnings data and metrics for the week of Feb. 5 through Feb. 9.

By Tim Bovee, Portland, Oregon, Jan. 23-24, 2018


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